Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - Virtual Church



FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel        34:1-11
I am going to take my flock back from them and I shall not allow them to feed my flock.

trust JesusThe word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows, ‘Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them, “Shepherds, the Lord says this: Trouble for the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Shepherds ought to feed their flock, yet you have fed on milk, you have dressed yourselves in wool, you have sacrificed the fattest sheep, but failed to feed the flock. You have failed to make weak sheep strong, or to care for the sick ones, or bandage the wounded ones. You have failed to bring back strays or look for the lost. On the contrary, you have ruled them cruelly and violently. For lack of a shepherd they have scattered, to become the prey of any wild animal; they have scattered far. My flock is straying this way and that, on mountains and on high hills; my flock has been scattered all over the country; no one bothers about them and no one looks for them.

Well then, shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. As I live, I swear it – it is the Lord who speaks – since my flock has been looted and for lack of a shepherd is now the prey of any wild animal, since my shepherds have stopped bothering about my flock, since my shepherds feed themselves rather than my flock, in view of all this, shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. The Lord says this: I am going to call the shepherds to account. I am going to take my flock back from them and I shall not allow them to feed my flock. In this way the shepherds will stop feeding themselves. I shall rescue my sheep from their mouths; they will not prey on them any more.

For the Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm                     Ps 22
Response                                         The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

1. The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.                     Response

2. He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort.              Response

3. You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing.                               Response

4. Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever.                                        Response

Gospel  Acclamation                           Ps 118: 135
Alleluia, alleluia!
Let your face shine on your servant, and teach me your decrees.
Alleluia !

or                                                                  Heb 4: 12
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of God is something alive and active: it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts.
Alleluia !

GOSPEL                   

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew 20:1-16
Why be envious because I am generous?

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Now the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage”. So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. laborers-in-vineyardThen at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too”. In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first”. So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’
Prayer to make Spiritual Communion:
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint August 19 : St. John Eudes a Promoter of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who Died in 1680

November 14, 1601, Ri, France
D. August 19, 1680, Caen, France
Canonized: 1925 by Pope Pius XI
French missionary and founder of the Eudists and of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity; author of the liturgical worship of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; b. at Ri, France, 14 Nov., 1601; d. at Caen, 19 Aug., 1680. He was a brother of the French historian, François Eudes de Nézeray. At the age of fourteen he took a vow of chastity. After brilliant studies with the Jesuits at Caen, he entered the Oratory, 25 March, 1623. His masters and models in the spiritual life were Fathers de Bérulle and de Condren. He was ordained priest 20 Dec., 1625, and began his sacerdotal life with heroic labours for the victims of the plague, then ravaging the country. As a missionary, Father Eudes became famous. Since the time of St. Vincent Ferrer, France had probably not seen a greater. He was called by Olier "the prodigy of his age". In 1641 he founded the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge, to provide a refuge for women of ill-fame who wished to do penance. The society was approved by Alexander VII, 2 Jan., 1666. With the approbation of Cardinal de Richelieu and a great number of others, Father Eudes severed his connection with the Oratory to establish the Society of Jesus and Mary for the education of priests and for missionary work. This congregation was founded at Caen, 25 March, 1643, and was considered a most important and urgent work (see EUDISTS). Father Eudes, during his long life, preached not less than one hundred and ten missions, three at Paris, one at Versailles, one at St-Germaine-en-Laye, and the others in different parts of France. Normandy was the principal theatre of his apostolic labours. In 1674 he obtained from Clement X six Bulls of indulgences for the Confraternities of the Sacred Heart already erected or to be erected in the seminaries. He also established the Society of the Heart of the Mother Most Admirable — which resembles the Third Orders of St. Francis and St. Dominic. This society now numbers from 20,000 to 25,000 members. Father Eudes dedicated the seminary chapels of Caen and Coutances to the Sacred Hearts. The feast of the Holy Heart of Mary was celebrated for the first time in 1648, and that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1672, each as a double of the first class with an octave. The Mass and Office proper to these were composed by Father Eudes, who thus had the honour of preceding the Blessed Margaret Mary in establishing the devotion to the Sacred Hearts. For this reason, Pope Leo XIII, in proclaiming his virtues heroic in 1903, gave him the title of "Author of the Liturgical Worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Holy Heart of Mary". Father Eudes wrote a number of books remarkable for elevation of doctrine and simplicity of style. His principal works are:--"Le Royaume de Jésus"; "Le contrat de l'homme avec Dieu par le Saint Baptême"; "Le Mémorial de la vie Ecclésiastique"; "Le Bon Confesseur"; "Le Prédicateur Apostolique"; "Le Cœur Admirable de la Très Sainte Mère de Dieu". This last is the first book ever written on the devotion to the Sacred Hearts. His virtues were declared heroic by Leo XIII, 6 Jan., 1903. The miracles proposed for his beatification were approved by Pius X, 3 May, 1908, and he was beatified 25 April, 1909. [St. John Eudes was beatified April 25, 1909 and canonized in 1925. His feast day is August 19. --Ed.] Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

Thousands Join in Eucharist Procession in Wisconsin led by Bishops with Prayer of Rosary - Video


On the solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, August 15, 2020, thousands gathers for a procession and prayer of the rosary. The archdiocese wrote: Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki joined thousands in Madison today for “Unite Wisconsin,” an event that called us to pray together - to UNITE Wisconsin against all evil. Among these photos is Archbishop Listecki leading the first decade of the Rosary, as well as Madison’s Bishop Don Hying holding the monstrance in the Eucharistic procession to the Capitol. This was not a political event, but a Holy Spirit-driven event. Please pray with us...
Edited Text + Images Source: https://www.facebook.com/Archmil

Archbishop Aupetit of Paris, France Consecrates the Country to the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary with Great Crowd of Pilgrims


On Saturday, August 15th, 2020 Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris, France led a solemn mass in the Sacré-Coeur Basilica on Montmartre on the occasion of the solemnity of the "Assumption." After the Mass he joined in a Dedication prayer for France to the united hearts of Jesus and Mary. In the text, human isolation during the pandemic and his concern about the most recent decisions (bioethics laws) in the French Parliament were mentioned in particular.  Also, mentioned during the prayers was babies that have been aborted.
Prayer:
Lord Jesus,
on this day, on which we celebrate the Assumption of Your Holy Mother into Heaven, we want to dedicate ourselves to your Sacred Heart, from which the love of God arose and is united with the painful and immaculate heart of your Mother, the Most Holy Virgin Mary .
 We dedicate and entrust our lives, our families, our living and our dead and our city of Paris to your united hearts . In this time of epidemic and insecurity that threatens the most isolated and the most fragile, in this time of struggle for respect for life and the dignity of the family, we ask you for the courage of faith and the strength of Charity, to witness in the midst of the world your victorious love over evil.
Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, and in response to the invitation of Pope Saint John Paul II 40 years ago, we ask you to strengthen and consolidate France in this basilica of the “national vow” so that it is fidelity to Covenant with eternal wisdom rediscovered for the good of all people and all of creation, which "waits for the revelation of the sons of God" and "is in birth pangs" (Romans 8:19 and 8:22).
We give you our whole life, you who is "the way, the truth and the life", as Mary gave herself in response to the angel's announcement: "Here is the Lord's maid" (Lk 1:38), and how you gave yourself when you came into the world: "Here I am, I come, O God, to do your will" (Hebr. 10: 9). We ask you, on the intercession of your mother and Saint Joseph, who was named “Patron of the Universal Church” 150 years ago , to bless and protect our Church, to make it more passionate and missionary, to show your Divine Mercy on all allow. "Jesus, I trust in you". By the grace of Ascension, you shared with your mother in the victory of your resurrection and glorified her in her body and soul, a sign of our future glory that already shines in us. Bless us through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, ward off all sin and evil from us, and through the joy of the children of God transfigure us to the glory and praise of our Father. Amen.


 When Archbishop Aupetit spoke of the basilica of the “national vow”, his words refer to the fact that the Sacré-Coeur church, consecrated to the heart of Jesus, was built as a “national atonement church” (foundation stone laid in 1875).
Source: https://www.paris.catholique.fr/consecration-de-la-ville-de-paris.html

Bishop says a "Genocide" is occurring in Nigeria with about 6000 Christians Killed since 2015


Genocide is happening in Nigeria" - Bishop speaks after aid workers are murdered


The violence against Christians in Nigeria by Islamist militias and extremist Fulani shepherds constitutes genocide, said Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah from Sokoto in northwestern Nigeria. In an interview with the worldwide Catholic aid organization “Church in Need”, Kukah emphasized that numerous Muslims also fell victim to the violence.


The bishop spoke about the assassination attempt on five development workers in the northern Nigerian state of Borno in late July. The terrorist militia "Islamic State West African Province" (ISWAP), a splinter group from Boko Haram, had published a video that shows the killing of development workers. According to local reports, three of them were Christians. The ISWAP had stated that the video should serve as a warning "to all those who are used by unbelievers to convert Muslims to Christianity".


Around 6,000 Christians killed since 2015

In the central region of Nigeria, the attacks by militant Fulani herders continue. The attacks are a mixture of land conflicts due to climatic changes and religious clashes. According to Vatican News, the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) announced in May of this year that around 6,000 Christians had been killed in Nigeria since 2015, “mainly by Boko Haram and militant Fulani shepherds, the terrorist attacks against Christian people Have perpetrated farmers ”.

When asked whether he agreed that that Fulani killings of Christians can be categorized as genocide according to international law, he said: “I believe so.” He added that Muslims were also victims of the violence: “These killings are not to be narrowed down to Christians because they have been far worse in the predominantly
Muslim north in such states as Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara.”



“We hear promises from the United States and Europe and they all come to nothing,”
Bishop Kukah suggested the government is complicit in the violence.  “There are multiple levels of funding and, with time, terrorism has been able to fund itself by criminality, violence, kidnappings and it is feared that government may be funding these groups inadvertently largely because they have penetrated the security agencies,” said the bishop. “Governments have also paid huge sums of money for ransom and also ostensibly placate the terrorists, rescue kidnapped citizens, and so on.”


 “Nigeria is failing its people. But the oil companies also make profits with what is left of the land. ”The bishop also criticized the western states. They would not have made any further efforts to help Nigeria: "We hear promises from the US and Europe, but they all peter out.
Edited from Aid to the Church in Need - Image Source: Screen Shot of Bishop Kukah